While many of the pedestrian crosswalks monitored by Best Foot Forward have shown improvement over…
The City of Orlando recently installed a new mid-block pedestrian crosswalk that features the latest in technology, automated flashing beacons, on Primrose Drive, south of Amelia Street. The installation is part of the City’s continued efforts through the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2040 and as a Future-Ready city that embraces technology to address community challenges. These new beacons utilize state-of-the-art passive detection technology through infrared heat profiles to identify pedestrians or bicyclists within the detection zone to automatically activate the beacon without needing to push the button.
In addition to the automated flashing beacons, the city continues to improve pedestrian safety, connectivity and accessibility through other recently completed crosswalk improvements, including:
- Raised midblock crosswalk improvements on Bruton Boulevard, adjacent to the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center.
- New signage, pavement markings and traffic calming speed tables, which are longer than speed humps and flat-topped, at the new midblock crosswalk on Parramore Avenue, at Z.L. Riley Park.
- New marked crosswalk on Fort Lane Drive at Gore Street, near Lake Como School.
- New marked crosswalk with signage and pedestrian signal features on Fern Creek Avenue at Curry Ford Road.
Upcoming projects include:
- New raised crosswalk and new marked crosswalk at Smith Street and College Lane.
- Raised crosswalk improvements and a traffic calming speed table on Princeton Street near Princeton Elementary School.